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Oldcastle acquires Canadian concrete company

BY Ken Clark

Oldcastle Architectural has acquired Expocrete Concrete Products, giving North America’s largest producer of concrete masonry and hardscape products an increased presence in the high-growth region of western Canada. 

Expocrete manufactures a range of concrete hardscape, masonry and precast products that meet high standards in quality, safety and sustainability. 

The company operates seven manufacturing facilities in the Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Saskatoon and Winnipeg markets.

 

“In addition to closing an important gap in our geographic footprint, Expocrete will serve as a platform for future growth in Western Canada,” said Tim Ortman, president of masonry and hardscapes for Oldcastle Architectural. “The combination of capabilities between Expocrete and Oldcastle will provide significant opportunities for our collective business, customers and employees.”



Headquartered in Edmonton, Expocrete will continue to be led by president David Johnson.

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Quikrete seeks to save the mailbox

BY Ken Clark

A “Save the Endangered Mailbox” public service announcement from Quikrete serves to raise awareness and drive homeowners to repair their damaged mailboxes, the company said.

In 2012, the United States Postal Service processed and delivered approximately 528 million pieces of mail each day, many of which reached recipients by way of more than 50 million curbside mailboxes around the country.

Unfortunately, these curbside mailboxes are often the victim of an inattentive driver, severe weather, teen pranks like mailbox baseball or other tragic incidents that can make mail delivery more challenging. While these harmful incidents cannot altogether be avoided, The Quikerete Cos. is challenging homeowners to make a difference through the “Save the Endangered Mailbox” campaign, which will award homeowners for the best mailbox makeovers. 

Homeowners can enter the mailbox makeover contest from April 8 to May 5 by posting before-and-after project photos on the Quikrete Facebook page. The top three mailbox makeovers will be awarded $1,000, $700 and $300, respectively.

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Plainfield Lumber & Hardware closes

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A sign on the door at Plainfield Lumber & Hardware reads: “After 67 years we are sad to say we are closing our doors.” 

According to a WOOD TV report, the sudden closing of the Michigan home center surprised customers. WOOD TV also reported that the retailer was being sued by the family of a former owner over a stock dispute. 

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